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The Speakeasy: A Reverse Thieves Podcast – Drink #008

August 25, 2010


Anime 3000 presents The Speakeasy Podcast:
Drink #008: The Joker, Making sense of humor.

We are talking about comedy this month. We are not talking about the Shakespearean comedy, the Divine Comedy, or the Studio 4C short film but comedy as it relates to anime. So often anime comedy strikes viewers as quite different than the comedy they are used to but why is the question. What about the aesthetic makes it so different from the comedy we know? What makes it so different from the comedy you see on Japanese dramas as well? We will also examine the different styles of humor you see in anime. Plus the most important question: Why do people think K-ON! is funny?

(Listen) (Show Notes)

And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

The Joker

2 shots vodka
2 shots cointreau
2 shots advocaat
6 parts orange soda
Top up with lemonade

Mix together with lots of ice and stir.

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2 comments

  1. Good podcast guys. For a future podcast ya’ll should expand on how D’Eon is like GitS, cause I didn’t get that at all. Also Princess Lover inspires confidence in meat least. Besides the fact that it’s the best harem/fanservice/porn game adaptation anime I’ve ever seen (EVER!), it’s pretty technically competent, if I remember true.

    On the topic of “moe” comedy, I think you’re mixing two things together that aren’t necessarily meant to be, if I understand what you’re saying. I mean “moe” and comedy can be happening at the same time, but that doesn’t mean that they’re something else when that happens, it just mean that they’re happening at the same time. I’m sure that was clear as mud, but what’re gonna do?

    By the by, were you guys pronouncing tsundere as sundry, or is there a new anime character trope I’m not privy to?


    • I mean that Le Chevalier D’Eon is like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex in that they are both very procedural detective shows with a realistically handle element of unreality. In Ghost in the Shell it is a cyberfuture and in Le Chevalier D’Eon it is a magical Europe. There is a good deal of difference between both shows for sure but they have a similar feel in the way they handle their investigation and world building.

      I will not watch Princess Lover as they have the “dime store Saber” aka Sylvie van Hossen. It is real Saber or nothing. Except no substitutions. I am fairly sure that Narutaki would rather watch a season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer than watch Princess Lover and that is not a casual statement.

      There are moe shows and moe comedy. But in utterly moe comedy show I feel our theory stands. If fact I would say it works exactly how you are saying it does. the moe and the comedy exist separately but lean on each other. Shows like K-On! and Hidamari Sketch have a synergy between the cuteness and the comedy that they are supposed to build to something greater. Some shows like Minami-ke and Strawberry Marshmallow throw in other types of humor as well to make more hybrid style comedies but elements of “pure” moe humor are still present.

      I never pronounce anything right even in my native language so what I say in other languages is going to be even worse. But we were talking about tsundere.

      – Hisui



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